Wunderbar! Schoolgirl Kaitlyn Jeffrey is in a class of her own.... literally, after snapping up a top grade GCSE at the tender age of eight.
The youngster, a pupil at St Clare’s Catholic Primary School in Fulwood, joined students twice her age when she sat German exams at neighbouring Corpus Christi Sports College in the summer.
Although she was born in Germany- moving to England 18 months ago, her family are from Preston and she only spent a short time at a German school.
Mum Amy, 26, left Preston shortly after starting high school when her father, who worked for BAE Systems, was posted to Munich.
She grew up bi-lingual and after having Kaitlyn ensured she too understood both languages.
The former St Anthony’s and Our Lady’s High School pupil and her daughter, moved back to Preston 18 months ago to set up home with her partner Alex Bishop, who she met in Germany and also works for BAE and now lives in Eden Way, Fulwood.
The mum, who is expecting her second child in October said: “I used to speak English to Kaitlyn at home but she also picked up German.
“I looked at the GCSE paper online and realised that she would be able to do that. She started off with a mock paper. It was a 25 minute piece which she completed in five minutes so discussed it with the head at her school and they arranged for her to go to Corpus Christi, The head of languages there was brilliant and she arranged for her to do the exam. She had no tuition and no mock exams and went straight into it with the 16 year olds not even knowing how it was meant to work or what was going to happen.
When she got the results and she got an A I was very pleased because it just brilliant for her.”
Kaitlyn, who is now nine, had to take two oral tests, and sit two written papers as well as reading and listening tests.
She said: “I was very excited about it but I was really nervous when I saw all the 16 year olds but they were very nice to me..
“In the listening test I didn’t know what some of the words meant.
“When I lived in Germany I went to a German school for one year and spoke English at home. I used to get a bait confused and didn’t really know what all the words meant in English..
“When I first started school here I was really excited and was looking forward to going to an English school but found it very different, then I started to enjoy myself.”
Amy is eager to ensure her new baby also grows up bi-lingual and young Kaitlyn has designs on adding Spanish to her portfolio when she starts at high school.
Blob: Last week’s GCSE results revealed that 63 per cent of 16 year olds in England achieved a A* to C grade in English.